Macron said Merkel "has never forgotten what Europe's values are and she leads her country with great courage," referring to her announcement as "extremely dignified."
Marine Le Pen said her party would struggle to make payroll following a financial scandal.
Macron's rivals are not happy about losing their seats and influence in the French parliament.
Around half of En Marche's candidates are political newcomers, with the average age under 50.
Polls suggest Macron will win the presidency in the second runoff round.
Florian Philippot helped give the National Front a softer face—but a younger Le Pen is approaching on the far-right.
Benoit Loeuillet claimed that he had not denied the "reality" of the Holocaust.
The National Front leader called a new cold war with Russia the real threat.
The Front National leader shared the gruesome images in December 2015.
The dangers of surveillance might seem hypothetical—but history shows us we have a lot to fear.
Polls failed to predict Brexit or Donald Trump, but online comments are full of the emotions that matter.
It is time for liberals everywhere to battle to defend their ideals.
With favorables lower than the alcohol in a bottle of Bordeaux, President Hollande is in serious trouble.
The National Front leader took a swipe at Hillary Clinton and defended Brexit.
Country may be set to elect the EU's first hard-right head of state.
A rift in the German hard-right party is deepening.
Experts say right-wing can make capital out of atrocities.
The ousted party founder says he could launch rival group.
The current fluctuations in the French regional elections signal a further rise of the right.